Following the completion of his medical degree in 1890 at Brussels University, Emile Gallemaerts (1860-1935) did clinical work until succeeding his mentor Jean-Baptiste Coppez as the head of the Brussels University Department of Ophthalmology in 1905, a post he held until his forced retirement at 65 years of age in 1925. The year of his retirement, Gallemaerts was also president of the Belgian Academy of Medicine. His publications focused both on histopathological problems and clinical work. Among his more valuable contributions are the detection of magnetic intraocular bodies with a magnetometer and the use of the ocular slitlamp biomicroscope. He is considered the founder of the Belgian Ophthalmological Society.
Emile Gallemaerts. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(2):195. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.1